Sierra Country Estates professional bills arrive |

Sierra Country Estates professional bills arrive

It will cost Douglas County $100,000 to settle the debts of a water system serving a Foothill Lane gated community.

The bill for engineering and attorney’s fees owed by the water system, Sierra Country Inc., is actually $240,748, but both creditors agreed to reductions, according to a report prepared by county Public Works Director Carl Ruschmeyer.

The water system owes the law firm of Rowe & Hales $209,386 and the engineering firm of R.O. Anderson $31,361.51.

Both Minden firms have agreed to discount their fees, with the law firm accepting $75,000 of the total, while Anderson will take $25,089.21. The law firm gave the county until Nov. 1 to make its payment. Anderson’s deadline is Oct. 3.

The money is coming from a bond issue proposed to finance the cost of acquiring the system and future improvements.

According to Ruschmeyer, the system has $40,616.54 in accounts receivable and 38.32 acre feet of groundwater, worth $459,840.

County commissioners agreed on Sept. 5 to take control of the water system and attempt to reach an agreement with owners Bill and Marsha Tomerlin. The system is in violation of Nevada Department of Environmental Protection rules. The State Engineer reports it has exceeded its water rights permit.

■ Lake Tahoe’s longest undeveloped shoreline can also be one of its biggest traffic headaches, something a dozen agencies hope they can cure.

Highway 28 between Spooner and Incline Village is one of the most beautiful and most dangerous highways in Nevada.

According to state figures the highway has nearly three times the average for crashes and injury accidents.

Anyone who has tried to navigate the highway on a warm weekend knows the difficulty of trying to find a parking spot.

According to a study prepared for a corridor management plan to be presented to Douglas County commissioners on Thursday, there are 582 paved parking spaces, mostly at Sand Harbor, when there are 1,175 vehicles vying for those spaces at peak hours.

Most of the extra vehicles end up parked along the highway, which leaves the 2,000 pedestrians they discharge walking in the highway’s travel lane. And those numbers are expected to double by 2038.

An estimated 2.6 million vehicles travel on the highway every year.

The prescription for fixing the corridor includes constructing 27 emergency pullouts and 11 viewpoints, building and expanding off highway and park-n-ride lots in safer sites, and a walking-bicycling trail from around the Lake from Stateline to Crystal Bay to reduce congestion.